"Assassination and riot marred New York's Memorial day yesterday when black-shirted Fascisti and white-robed Klansmen participated in the services in honor of the city's warrior dead. Two Fascisti, both war veterans, were slain in the Bronx, seven prisoners taken in the Jamaica Klan riot were behind bars in Queens, and at least 100 of the white-robed order were nursing battered heads as the toll of political passion and religious conflict. In addition, Times sq. was thrown into a wild state of excitement during the afternoon when Fascisti, armed with clubs and whips, milled furiously through the square seeking to avenge the earlier murder of their members."
May 31, 1927 — Two Fascisti Die in Bronx, Klansmen Riot in Queens, in Memorial Day Clashes
"The tribute of the city to the heroic dead of the nation's wars was marred yesterday by three outbreaks of violence, all of which arose directly from the Memorial Day program. The most serious disruption to a program that hitherto has been synonymous with patriotism, order and reverence, developed in Queens. About 1,000 white-robed and hooded Klansmen, with 400 women relatives and friends, sought to participate in the Memorial Day parade through Jamaica. The result was a riot."